Public Affairs Programs
The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Issue
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosted its second conversation on the opioid and heroin epidemic facing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program began with a screening of Jim Wahlberg’s film, If Only, followed by a discussion on the connection between substance abuse and mental health, highlighting the faces and voices - from mothers to first responders - behind the epidemic.
The program featured Jim Wahlberg, Executive Director, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation; Paula Gilligan, mother and advocate; Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO, The Dimock Center; and Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police, City of Gloucester. Todd Feathers of the Lowell Sun moderated.